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Uncut Waistcoat Fronts (France)

This is a Uncut waistcoat fronts. We acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk and its technique is embroidered on satin weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This superb panel is embroidered à la disposition — the design is arranged on the silk in the form of half a waistcoat front, with button covers and corner pieces for the front and back of the lapels. A customer could purchase a waistcoat in this format and have a tailor cut and sew it to their measurements. Perhaps intended to celebrate the hunt, a bucolic scene with flowers and butterflies has two hunting hounds viciously attacking a wild boar.

This object was bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961).

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Uncut Waistcoat Fronts (France); silk; 1962-54-32-a,b

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